Gestalt/Experiential Training of Maine

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Carl Rogers & Gloria

Both training groups are underway, and we’re deep in the study of Person-Centered Therapy now. As we talk about both the theory and the interventions, we have read short excerpts from Rogers’ transcripts to get a sense of what his interventions are like.

As texts, these transcripts are fascinating and instructive. But text alone loses so much of what’s conveyed between the therapist and the client. Audio  — or, even better, video — allows us to more fully grasp the action.

Many counseling students have seen the famous “Gloria” film, where a woman allows herself to be filmed while having a single therapy session with three different therapists representing different approaches. Carl Rogers was one of those therapists.

If you haven’t seen it recently, or have never seen it, take the time to watch or rewatch it.

Experiential Therapy Training Group 2017-2018

GETME is Proud to Announce the 2017-2018 Experiential Therapy Training Group:

Listening11This is a group to introduce clinicians to Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Focusing, giving a thorough grounding in the basics, up to an intermediate level. We will also begin the study of Emotion-Focused Therapy, which is an integration of these approaches. The training will consist of six units, each building on the last, exploring the basic theory and practice of experiential/humanistic and neo-humanistic therapies.

The group will meet approximately twice a month, from September until June. There will be readings assigned for each unit. Each meeting will last two hours, and will include didactic lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises. Members will then have the opportunity to bring the interventions back to their practices, and bring their questions back to the group. In this fashion, over the course of the year, members will gradually integrate the fundamentals of experiential therapy into their personal therapeutic repertoire.

A key element of the training is the experiential exercises, where participants will have the opportunity to observe, receive, perform, and discuss each of the interventions we study.

Topics include:

Experiential Tracking/Following, including:

  • Empathic Attunement
  • Contact & Awareness
  • Projections, Introjections, Retroflections, Deflections, and Confluence
  • Depth of Experiencing
  • Emotional Process Diagnosis

Experiential Exploration, Including:

  • Exploratory Questions
  • Evocative Reflections
  • Empathic Conjectures
  • Refocusing
  • Process Observations

Initial Process-Guiding Interventions, Including:

  • Process Suggestions
  • Clearing a Space
  • Experiential Search

Trainer: Tom Kubasik, LCPC

When: Every other Friday Morning, from 10-12, beginning Autumn 2017 (Wednesday mornings may also be an option, if that works better for participants.)

Where: 131 Spring Street, Portland, Maine


  • Fully Licensed: $40/meeting
  • Conditionally Licensed: $30/meeting
  • Graduate Students: $20/meeting

Certificate of Contact Hours available.

Minimum of 3, Maximum of 6 participants


For more information, call Tom Kubasik, LCPC: (207) 699-4979

Know Your History: Rogers (1959)

youngerrogersIn 1959, Carl Rogers was asked to write a chapter for a book on contemporary American psychology. His contribution, entitled, “A Theory of Therapy, Personality, and Interpersonal Relationships, as Developed in the Client-Centered Framework,” was the most systematic presentation of person-centered theory that Rogers ever wrote.

It’s fascinating reading — and not well enough known. Did you know Rogers actually talked abut SIX conditions that are necessary for therapeutic change, not three? Did you know that the “actualizing tendency” and the “self-actualizing tendency” are two different things? (This is an absolutely critical distinction in Rogerian theory.)

It’s also very interesting how much Gestalt language Rogers includes in this presentation of his theory — Rogers himself began the integration!

Anyway, please read! Here’s a link to the full text.